Artist Alvin Glen at Coastal Discovery Museum

‘Pounding on the Ogeechee’

The Coastal Discovery Museum, in conjunction with the Native Island Business and Community Affairs Association (NIBCAA), is pleased to present Alvin Glen: Stance in Circumstance in the Sea Island Gallery through March 12, 2024. The collaboration with NIBCAA highlights the featured artist of the Gullah Celebration’s annual Arts Ob We People exhibition.  

On February 28, at 2:30 pm, in the gallery, Glen will be discussing his paintings and the stories that inspired them, as part of the museum’s Discovery Lecture Series. Admission is $7. Register at Discovery Lecture Series

“Our new exhibition reflects our deepening partnership with NIBCAA and our efforts to expand the reach of the Gullah Celebration Festival,” said Elizabeth Greenberg, director of exhibitions at the Coastal Discovery Museum. 

“I am delighted to have Alvin Glen as our featured artist this year,” said Angela Dore, curator at NIBCAA, which has hosted the Gullah Celebration since 1996. “Alvin’s unique style and storytelling capability fosters a deep, engaging connection with the viewer and his documentation of history offers a vivid, emotional record of social narratives and societal shifts.”  


Stance in Circumstance illustrates moments in South Carolina’s history, connecting them to the personal stories of those who experienced them firsthand. “The people in my images are strong, dedicated to work and each other. They are spiritual, flowing with compassion and empathy,” said Glen, a native of Dorchester, SC. 

Among his awards, Glen was a winner of the Charleston Artist Guild Exhibit Award and Best in Show at the Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibit. He earned a Bachelor of Science Arts Education from South Carolina State College and taught visual arts in Dorchester County schools for 43 years. 

Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 am to 4:30 pm, and Sunday, from 11 am to 3 pm. Located at 70 Honey Horn Drive, in Hilton Head, the Coastal Discovery Museum is free and open to the public.